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Why I Choose to Be A Christian by Susan Ward

Sunday was Confirmation Sunday at Floris UMC. As a congregation we celebrated as these students made declarations of their Christian faith. Watching that take place, it’s only natural to think about our own journeys in the Christian faith. For those of us who are Christians, at some point we had to make the decision whether or not to follow Christ like the confirmands made today. But that is not a decision we make only once. As we go through life, we are asked to make that choice again and again. ... Read More »

Just Love by Yoon Nam

This week I have experienced nonstop thunderstorms in Bloomington, Indiana. I am visiting my school to finish up my dissertation. Hearing last Sunday’s powerful sermon, I have thought about passion in God’s calling. I could feel strong passion from the pastor’s heart through his words. What is our calling as Christians from the Lord? Our common calling is to be one of His followers. One of the newspaper pictures from Boston keeps recurring in my head and it is related to our calling. A runner held a wounded stranger to ... Read More »

We Are the Church by Yoon Nam

As we start a new sermon series with “Just Love,” it leads me into many thoughts about my experiences.  God continually emphasizes that we take care of the fatherless, widows, and foreigners with the same compassion and mercy that God shows us. We all have donated or volunteered to help those in need in different ways here and there. Even though justice requires action to be completed, I have examined the attitude in my heart toward them. I confess, shamefully, that my heart is filled with hypocrisy. When I pass ... Read More »

Easter People, Easter Songs by Yoon Nam

“He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today. He walks with me and talks with me, along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart. You ask me how I know He lives, He lives within my heart.” I hope everyone had a blessed Easter. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all who worked so hard during Holy Week and Easter. Choir members spent many hours rehearsing and praying prayers to lift up the best music to glorify God on Good Friday night, and at ... Read More »

Behold the Lamb by Yoon Nam

Then John saw Jesus coming toward him, and John said, ”Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) Holy Week gives us special moments to steer our daily routines closer to the cross, and a chance to pause and meditate on the meaning of Holy Week and Easter. In the early churches, they read the Passion story from one of the Gospels during the Holy Week. Originally, a priest read through the Passion story and in the Middle Ages, they recited it with ... Read More »

Unnecessary Baggage by Susan Ward

It’s the last week of lent and I’m still haunted by one of the questions from the first week of the Lenten small group my husband Tim and I participated in: “If Jesus came, knocked on your door and asked you to come and follow him tonight, would you go?” As a pastor’s wife, I know this might be a little shocking that my answer wasn’t an immediate yes. I wanted to say a quick yes. I really did. But I had some questions. I needed a bit more information. ... Read More »

Calling My Name by Yoon Nam

A newspaper survey recently found that people have a tendency to give names to their smart phones and cars. As I understand, this must come from having smart phones with voices that response to their owners. I don’t have a smart phone so I haven’t made a name for any phones yet.  However, I have given names to my cars such as Grace, Little Foot, Maxie, and Dove. And yes, I talk to my car daily. A phrase from last Sunday’s sermon comes to mind, “ the good shepherd knows ... Read More »

Learning to Ride A Bike by Susan Ward

My 6-year-old is learning how to ride a bike. We took his training wheels off a while back but other than a few isolated attempts with my husband or me holding the back of his seat as he pedaled, he hasn’t really wanted to learn. I’m not sure what changed. Maybe it was learning that his friend in Kindergarten knows how to ride a bike with no training wheels or maybe it was watching his younger brother and sister become more and more skilled on their bikes with training wheels, ... Read More »

The Decision to Climb by Susan Ward

I had prepared for months. I had sent the application, wrote the essay and interviewed with the Regional Director. I had packed my bags and said my good-byes. The only thing left to do was board the plane. The time had come. I was 21-years-old, newly graduated from college and about to spend three months in Tokyo, Japan as a short-term missionary teaching English and sharing my testimony. I would be staying with an American missionary family I had never met. I was working with a non-profit organization I found ... Read More »

Turning the Alarms Back On by Susan Ward

I suffer from chronic migraines. The migraines are so frequent and so debilitating that I must take daily medication to keep from getting them. When I first started taking the medication I was astonished at its effectiveness. I went from suffering from migraines at least once a week to hardly having a migraine once a month. It was my miracle drug. In order to remember to take it each night, I have an alarm set on my phone to go off everyday at 9 PM. The great part about this ... Read More »

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